Google has introduced a brand new, welcome and little doubt lengthy asked-for characteristic to its Maps app: wheelchair accessibility information. Businesses and factors of curiosity that includes accessible entrances, bogs and different options will now be prominently marked as such.
Millions, after all, require such lodging as ramps or computerized doorways, from individuals with restricted mobility to individuals with strollers or different conveyances. Google has been accumulating info on areas’ accessibility for a pair years, and this new setting places it entrance and heart.
The firm confirmed off the characteristic in a weblog put up for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To flip it on, customers can go to the “Settings” part of the Maps app, then “Accessibility settings,” then toggle on “Accessible locations.”
This will trigger any areas looked for or tapped on to show a small wheelchair icon if they’ve accessible services. Drilling down into the small print the place you discover the deal with and hours will present precisely what’s obtainable. Unfortunately it doesn’t point out the situation of these assets (useful if somebody is attempting to determine the place to get dropped off, as an illustration), however understanding there’s an accessible entrance or restroom in any respect is a begin.
The info isn’t routinely created or sourced from blueprints or something — like a lot on Google, it comes from you, the person. Any registered person can be aware the presence of accessible services the way in which they’d be aware issues like in-store pickup or fast service. Just go to “About” in a location’s description and hit the “Describe this place” button on the backside.